Category: International American Football

Carrickfergus Knights Shamrock Bowl Winners 2002

International American Football – Carrickfergus Knights 6 Team Canada 34 – Box-Score & Match Report 25 August 2002

Carrickfergus Knights Team Helmet [Reference: 1]

25 August 2002 – Carrickfergus Knights 6 Team Canada 34 – Carrickfergus Knights put in a splendid performance against Team Canada, an elite team traveling with 47 Under 22 College and High School players from 20 different schools. Carrickfergus Knights had several First Downs in the first quarter, mostly gained through the air with passes from Stephen McDowell to Paul McKillop and Ian McIlroy, however it was Team Canada who scored first through a 24 yard Touchdown run by Ashley Heinz. In the second quarter Dan Gooding also scored on a 10 yard run to put the visitors 14-0 up at the half after Ricky Postma added the 2 extra point conversion.

The third quarter saw Team Canada extend their lead with another Dan Gooding run, this time the Canadian went in from 7 yards out. The Carrickfergus Knights defense was a lot stronger in the second half, letting in only one more TD, another Ashley Heinz effort, breaking free on a long run, after Mike Smith returned a fumble 48 yards to the endzone, which was converted for two points again by Ricky Postma. With the score now 34-0 after the second of Heinz’s efforts, Carrickfergus put together a 75-yard scoring drive, with a couple of good runs by Pete Watt capped off by a Paul McKillop consolation 9 yard Touchdown Pass from Stephen McDowell. The Knights defense even managed to sack the Team Canada Quarterback in the second half, with Linebacker Spencer McDowell tackling the Canadian playcaller for a loss.

At St. Vincent’s GAA, DublinQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Team Canada6814634
Carrickfergus Knights00066
[References: 1-2]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter
CNDAshley Heinz 24 yd Run0-6
2nd Quarter
CNDDan Gooding 10 yd Run (Ricky Postma 2xpt)0-14
3rd Quarter
CNDDan Gooding 7 yd Run0-20
CNDMike Smith 48 yd Fumble Return (Ricky Postma 2xpt)0-28
4th Quarter
CNDAshley Heinz 67 yd Run0-34
CARPaul McKillop 9 yd Pass from Stephen McDowell6-34
[References: 1-2]

Carrickfergus Knights Team Photo 2002

Carrickfergus Knights Shamrock Bowl Winners 2002
Carrickfergus Knights Shamrock Bowl Winners 2002 {Reference: 4]

Team Roster 2002

NumberNamePosition
12Stephen McDowellQuarterback
22Mark WarbeyFree Safety
23Clint McDowellRunning Back
24Mark PollockCornerback
26Ian McIlroyWide Receiver
33Neil OsborneTight End
34Ron SmythTight End
35Paul McKillopWide Receiver
37Adam DevenneyFree Safety
38Pete WattFull Back
39Mark HarrisLinebacker
40Jonathan BeattieWide Receiver
42Mark BanksLinebacker
43Keith McBurneyRunning Back
50Scott RobinsonLinebacker
56Russell FultonGuard
63Alan KelleyTackle
65Chris DavidsonCornerback
68Andrew HudsonGuard
80William ShawWide Receiver
86Josh CrawfordCornerback
94Robert ElliottLinebacker
99Derek MayneDefensive End
Carrickfergus Knights Team Roster 2002 [Ref: 5]

Coaches and Management 2002

Coach / Manager *Name
Head CoachMark Harris
ChairmanDerek Mayne
Vice ChairmanScott Robinson
Carrickfergus Knights Coaches and Mangement 2002 [Ref; 5]

References

Images

[1] Carrickfergus Knights (1999) Team Helmet [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20000818150658im_/http://www.sugarcube.co.uk/knight/graphics/helm1X.gif [Accessed 24 March 2020]

Newspapers

[2] Anon. (2002) “Team Canada 34 Carrickfergus Knights 6 ” First Down. August 29-September 4, 2002. Pg. 20.

Websites

[3] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2002) August 25th 2002 – TEAM CANADA 34 – 6 CARRICKFERGUS KNIGHTS [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20021210031300/http://www.irish-american-football.org/news%20stories/25aug02.htm [Accessed 8 October 2017]

Images

[4] Irish American Football League (2002) Shamrock Bowl XVI – Carrickfergus Knights team Photo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/images/pics/shamxvi1.gif [Accessed 18 May 2020]

Internet Archive

[5] Carrickfergus Knights | Wayback Machine (2002) Roster [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20020603060603/http://www.carrickfergusknights.com/roster.htm[Accessed 18 May 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Mike Smith (IAFOA)

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European Football League International Challenge Cup Game Summaries 1986-1988

28 September 1986 – Musgrave Park, Belfast – Carrickfergus Cougars 8 Ayr Burners 28

Carrickfergus Cougars 8 Ayr Burners 28 – Mervyn Robinson scored Carrickfergus Cougars only touchdown (ran in for a two point conversion by D. Moran) as they fell 8-28 to Scotland’s Ayr Burners in the EFL International Challenge Cup at Musgrave Park, Belfast in 1986.

At Musgrave Park, BelfastQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Ayr Burners28
Carrickfergus Cougars8
[References: 6]
TeamScorersScore
CFCMervyn Robinson TD (D. Moran 2xpt Run)
[Reference: 6]

1987 – Belfast Giants 0 Ayr Burners 48

Belfast Giants 0 Ayr Burners 48 – The Belfast Giants suffered a heavy 48-0 loss to the BAFL Scottish Division team Ayr Burners in the second EFL International Challenge Cup.

10 April 1988 – Annadale, Belfast – Belfast Tennents Giants 21 Ayr Burners 0

Tennent’s Giants 21 Ayr Burners 0 – Tennent’s Belfast Giants gained revenge for a 48-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture the year before when they triumphed 21-0 over Scottish team Ayr Burners in the European Football League’s International Challenge Cup. This was the third year of the Cup and the Giants took home the trophy thanks to two 70 yard Touchdown runs by Halfback John Wilson (one of which was converted by kicker Billy Allen) and a 75 yard Interception Return as well as a Safety (worth two points) by Linebacker Sean Sloan.

At Annadale, BelfastQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Ayr Burners00000
Belfast Tennent’s Giants21
[References: 7]
TeamScorersScore
BTGJohn Wilson 70 yd Run
BTGJohn Wilson 70 yd Run
BTGSean Sloan 75 yd Int Return
BTGSean Sloan Safety
BTGBilly Allen PAT
[References: 7]

Report

The International Challenge Cup was a European Football League regional competition that ran from 1986 to 1988 below the level of the Eurobowl. Ireland’s representatives were the Carrickfergus Cougars in 1986 and the Belfast Giants (known as Tennent’s Giants in 1988 for sponsorship reasons) in 1987 and 1988. The opposition on all three occasions was British American Football League Scottish Conference outfit the Ayr Burners. After two losses in 1986 (Carrickfergus lost 8-28) and 1987 (Belfast Giants lost 0-48) the Tennent’s Giants finally won the Trophy for Ireland when they defeated the Ayr Burners 21-0 in 1988.

References

Websites

[1] Britball Now (2009) British and Irish Friendly results against foreign opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[2] Britball Now (2009) Results in Euro Competition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-in-euro-competition.html [Accessed 1 November 2016]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2002) OTHER EVENTS: [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/otherevents02.htm [Accessed 20 March 2018]

[4] Belfast Spartans (2020) Player Profiles [Internet] Available from: http://www.belfastspartans.co.uk/player-profiles.html [Last Accessed 22 April 2020]

Newspapers

[6] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys into ‘Shamrock Bowl’” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 29, 1986. pg. 18 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[7] Anon. (1988) “Giants get their revenge’” Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, April 12, 1988. pg. 20 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Websites

[9] Britball Now (2009) Results in Euro Competition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-in-euro-competition.html [Accessed 1 November 2016]

[10] Britball Now (2009) Results Section [1990] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 1 November 2016]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to David Turner (Belfast Blitzers)

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Irish American Football League Jack Daniels Summer Bowl Festivals 1986-1989

Results

DateTeam 1 Team 2 
 Finals Belvedere College, Dublin 
05.07.1987Dublin Celts26Belfast Blitzers0
02.07.1988Northern Ireland Allstars13Republic of Ireland Allstars21
Irish American Football League Festivals 1987 References: [1-6]

Report

The Dublin Celts won the 1987 Jack Daniels Summer Bowl Festival 26-0 against the Belfast Blitzers. the following year in Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland Allstars triumphed 21-13 over the Northern Ireland Allstars.

About

The Jack Daniels Summer Bowl was an International Festival featuring the Dublin Celts and teams from Northern Ireland, including sometimes Northern Ireland representative squads, as well as Flag Football Challenge Games involving the RTE Raiders and GOAL Heroes (GOAL is an Irish Development Aid Charity and RTE is the Irish National Broadcaster). both the Flag and Kitted games featured celebrities such as Tony Ward of the Ireland International rugby Team. [1]

The games were played under Hurlaball Rules – One Hour Long, Running Clock and the winning team always kicked off to the losing team, rather than the team who just scored kicking off. [3]

References:

Websites

[1] Anon. (1987) “American Football” Irish Press. Monday, July 6, 1987, pg. 13.

[2] Feeney, John. (1987) “Traders happy with success of Mardi Gras” Nationalist and Leinster Times, Friday, August 21, 1987. pg. 3.

[3] Anon.(1988) “Incredible Hulks – just like a herd of Buffalo” Irish independent Monday, July 4, 1988. pg. 3.

[4] Anon. (1988) “Sports Diary | American Football” Sunday Independent Sunday, July 2, 1989. pg. 29.

Social Media

[5] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Reply to Post by David Turner, August 12, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2244208692356940 [Accessed 16 August 2019]

Internet Archive

[6] BritballNow Wayback Machine (2016)Historical Results [1988][Friendlies] [Internet] Available from:https://web.archive.org/web/20161021181851/http://britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 13 January 2021]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to David Turner (Belfast Blitzers)

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Shamrock Classic Dublin – Navy Midshipmen 27 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 54 Box Score and Match Report 2 November 1996

Shamrock Classic 1996 Official Programme
Shamrock Classic 1996 Official Programme [References: 7]

Croke Park, 2 November 1996

Navy Midshipmen 27 Notre Dame Fighting Irish –while this was officially a Navy Home Game, the Midshipmen’s Head Coach said it did not feel like that as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish – the Irish Roman Catholic College in South Bend, Indiana, near Chicago – left the United States of America to play a Football game for only the second time ever. The win for the Irish gave the legendary Lou Holtz – the most successful College Football coach ever – a send-off that was worth remembering in his last year in charge, as he retired at the end of the season.

The Irish coped well with the Midshipmen’s ground game, shutting down Quarterback Ben Fay and Option Quarterback Chris McCoy for almost no yardage eeverytime they kept the ball to run at the Notre Dame defense, even though Navy’s aerial attack was proving successful. After a slow start Marc Edwards ran in from 5 yards out in the first quarter to give Notre Dame the go-ahead score. In the second quarter Pete Chrydlewicz received a toichdown pass from the promising Ron Powlus at Quarterback, a star in College Football circles in the USA, and Autry Denson, the big running back, added one from 33 yards out with 30 seconds to go in the half, as Navy could only manage one score – a run from Omar Nelson – leaving the score 21-7 at the half.

In the second half Renaldo Wynn scored a 24-yard Interception Return off of a long 50-yard pass from the Navy QB to put Notre Dame 28-7 up, a score that the Navy Coach said broke the backs of the Midshipmen. After that Notre Dame put up four more scores – two from Marc Edwards and one each from Autry Denson and Jamie Spencer – as Navy only managed three scores and the game ended 54-27 to Notre Dame.

Commenting after the game Lou Holtz said next time they might seek a Garda Escort as they spent so much time in traffic, saying it was worse even than New York’s, which he thought was bad, and remarked that Irish people must spend half their lives in their cars. Following the win Quarterback Ron Powlus, and Running Back Marc Edwards headed out to Dublin’s main entertainment district, Temple Bar, where they sample Guinness and were mobbed by girls who had travelled over from America to catch the game.

Croke ParkQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Notre Dame Fighting Irish71454
Navy Midshipmen0727
Navy Midshipmen 27 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 54 Box Score 2 November 1996 [Reference: 1]
TeamScorerScore
1st Quarter
NDFIMarc Edwards 5yd Run7-0
2nd Quarter
NDFIPete Chrydlewicz 14 Pass from Ron Powlus14-0
NMOmar Nelson 5 Run14-7
NDFIAutry Denson 33 Run21-7
2nd Half
NDFIRenaldo Wynn 24 Int Return28-7
NMOmar Nelson 1 Run28-14
NDFIAutry Denson 22 Run35-14
NMSchemm 55 Pass from Ben Fay35-21
NDFIMarc Edwards Run
NDFIMarc Edwards Run
NDFIJamie Spencer Run
NM?? TD54-21
Navy Midshipmen 27 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 54 Box Score 2 November 1996 [Reference: 1]
Navy’s Fullback Omar Nelson #5 being tacked from behind by a Notre Dame defensive player – Shamrock Classic Dublin 2 November 1996 [Reference: 6][Picture Credit: Croke Park Twitter]

Navy Midshipmen Starting Line-Up

No.PositionName
Offense
11Wide ReceiverAstor Heaven
76Left TackleAlex Domino
69Left GuardJ.D.Gainey
55CenterBrian Drechsler
71Right GuardJeff Smith
70Right TackleScott Zimmermann
84Wide ReceiverLeBron Butts
34SwitchbackPat McGrew
7SwitchbackChris McCoy
8QuarterbackBen Fay
5FullbackOmar Nelson
Defense
99Left EndTom Poulter
95Left TackleChad Holzapfel
97Right TackleJason Snider
92Right EndMichael Ogden
51Switch LinebackerClint Bruce
50Middle LinebackerTravis Cooley
29Left CenterSean Andrews
18Strong SafetyAdam Crecion
6Free SafetyGarvy Alota
10Wide SafetyRashad Smith
21Right CenterRobert Green
Navy Midshipmen Line-Up Shamrock Classic 2 November 1996 [Reference: 3]

Notre Dame Fighing Irish Starting Line-Up

No.PositionName
Offense
18Strong EndCikai Champion
75Left TackleChris Clevenger
76Left GuardJeremy Akers
57CenterRick Kaczenski
79Right GuardMike Rosenthal
73Right TackleMike Doughty
98Tight EndPete Chryplewicz
5Free LinebackerEmmett Mossley
3QuarterbackRon Powlus
44FullbackMarc Edwards
23TailbackAutry Denson
Defense
13Outside LinebackerBert Berry
48Left EndRenaldo Wynn
85Nose GuardAntwon Jones
51Right EndMelvin Dansby
4Outside LinebackerKory Minor
6Inside LinebackerLyron Cobbins
2Inside LinebackerKinnon Tatum
15CornerbackAllen Rossum
14CornerbackIvory Covington
39Strong SafetyBenny Guilbeaux
30Free SafetyJarvis Edison
Navy Midshipmen Line-Up Shamrock Classic 2 November 1996 [Reference: 3]

Final Rankings

RankSchool
1Florida Gators
2Ohio State Buckeyes
3Nebraska Cornhuskers
4Florida State Seminoles
5Arizona State Sun Devils
6Colorado Buffaloes
7North Carolina Tar Heels
8Tennessee Volunteers
9Penn State Nittany Lions
10Brigham Young Cougars
11Washington Huskies
12Notre Dame Fighting Irish
13Syracuse Orangemen
14Kansas State Cowboys
15Virginia Tech Hokies
16Alabama Crimson Tide
17Michigan Wolverines
18Iowa Hawkeyes
19Miami Hurricanes
20Louisiana State Tigers
21Wyoming Cowboys
22Southern Mississippi
23Texas Longhorns
24Auburn Tigers
25Army Black Knights
26East Carolina Gamecocks
27Texas Tech Red Raiders
28West Virginia Mountaineers
29Northwestern Wildcats
30Utah Utes
NCAA Football Division 1A 1996 [References: 1]

Report

Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Irish Roman Catholic College in South Bend, Indiana, near Chicago, finished in 12th place in legendary College Football Coach, Lou Holtz’s last season in charge. The Fighting Irish were not satisfied with the cost/payout relationship in the lesser bowls at the end of the season, and despite numerous invites to Bowl Games, did not take part in any, casting a lull over Holtz’s last year in charge.

References

Magazines

[1] Anon. (1997) College Countdown: Bowl Results / Touchdown’s End of season Power Ranknigs Touchdown. February 1997. No. 22. pg. 37

Newspapers

[2] (1996) First Down, No. 543, 9 November 1996, pg. 16-17.

[3] Carl Davidson (1996) Notre Dame First Down, No. 542, 2 November 1996, pg. 16.

[4] Ben Saunders (1996) Navy First Down, No. 542, 2 November 1996, pg. 16.

Images

[5] Croke Park Twitter (2016) Tweet, November 2, 2016: CwSFSI6XEAQV2RM [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CwSFSI6XEAQV2RM?format=jpg&name=900×900 [Accessed 27 October 2020]

[6] Croke Park Twitter (2016) Tweet, November 2, 2016: CwSFSH3WEAAjXL4 [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CwSFSH3WEAAjXL4?format=jpg&name=900×900 [Accessed 27 October 2020]

[7] Shamrock Classic 1996 Official Programme – Authors’ Personal Collection

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Bart Barden, Rick Kelley and Tim Leadingham

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International American Football Irish Teams v Eastern Football League Teams 1986-1988

Irish Teams versus Eastern Football League 1986-1988

DateIrish Team EFL Team 
1986IAFL All-Stars0Marlboro Shamrocks (Mass)36
19.04.1987Dublin Celts0Taunton Raiders (Mass)51
08.11.1987Limerick Mind Benders Charlestown Townies (Mass) 
08.11.1987Dublin Tornadoes0Charlestown Townies (Mass)12
14.11.1987Craigavon Cowboys0Charlestown Townies (Mass)60
15.11.1987Dublin Celts0Charlestown Townies (Mass)36
1988Dublin Celts0Taunton Raiders (MASS)50
[References: 1-6]

Report

Irish American Football League teams played the first ever matches between Irish and American teams in 1986 and 1987. The matches were against Eastern Football League teams, a Semi-Pro League that still operates in the Massachusetts region.

The Irish teams were easily outclassed in what was a sport that was brand new to Ireland, losing heavily with not a single team scoring over the course of the five matches.

In 1986 the Marlboro Shamrocks defeated an IAFL All-All Star Team 36-0, and in 1987 in a pre-season game the Taunton Raiders, also from Massachusetts won 51-0 against the Dublin Celts. Later that year the Charletown Townies of Massachusetts toured Ireland beating Dublin Tornadoes, Craigavon Cowboys and Dublin Celts. In 1988 the Celts made a return visit to Massachusetts to play the Taunton Raiders, losing 50-0 at Middlesborough High School. [Reference: 1-6]

Sources

[1] Irish Press (1987) It’s not so good for the ‘Giants’ Irish Press. Thursday, November 05, 1987. pg. 11[Internet]

[2] Irish Independent (1987) Your Sports Diary – Tomorrow – American Football Irish Independent. Saturday, April 18, 1987. pg. 16

Websites

[3] Britball Now (2016) History of the Game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 02 October 2016]

[4] Britball Now (2008) UK Clubs Against Foreign Opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2008]

[5] Semi-Pro Football (2017) Eastern Football League Champions [Internet] Available from: http://www.semiprofootball.org/minor/champs/eastfl.htm [Accessed 16 November 2017]

Sources

[6] Kevin Sharkey (2020) “The Dublin Celts” Word Document shared by John Gunning on Facebook Messenger with permission.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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Yarvard at Inver Park, Larne, 21 November 1942

European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Championship Autumn 1942

Results Autumn 1942

DateWinnersRunners-Up
Game 1Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast
14.11.1942Hale Blue Devils9Yarvard Crimson Tide7
Game 2Inver Park, Larne
21.11.1942Yarvard Crimson Tide14Tech Fighting Irish0
European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Championship Results Autumn 1942 [Ref: 1]

Report

From 1942-1943 the US Army played a series of American Football matches in Northern Ireland, Wales & England in aid of the Red Cross. Teams were named Tech (Engineering), Hale (Infantry) and Yarvard (Artillery).

Irish and British newspaper readers would have been familiar with reports in the papers of US College Football, and the team names reflect this (Yarvard and Hale are not mis-spellings, but the names reflect the Ivy League Colleges of Harvard and Yale, similarly Tech is a nod to the big American Tech Colleges.

Starting in Northern Ireland in 1942, matches were played at the home of Ulster Rugby, Ravenhill (Hale winning 9-7) and Larne (Yarvard getting a 14-0 win over Tech). 8, 000 turned up to see the Ravenhill game, and a full capacity 2,000 for the Larne match.

Yarvard Team at Sandy Bay, Larne, 1942 [14]

References

Websites

[1] Irish American Football Association (2016) Journey to Thirty [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/journeyto-thirty/ [Accessed 08 August 2016]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2016) History of US Teams playing in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/history-of-us-teams-playing-in-ireland/ [Accessed 22 November 2016]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2016) History [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/history.htm [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[4] Lucky Show (2016) American Football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Shamrock%20Bowl.htm [Accessed 5 June 2017]

[5] Dublin Town – Article by Gerry Farrell (2016) College Football Classic Ireland’s Relationship with American Football [Internet] Available from: http://www.dublintown.ie/irelands-relationship-with-american-football/ [Accessed 7 May 2018]

Sources.

[6] Anon. (1942) . “Photo caption: American Football att Ravenhill”. Belfast News-Letter. 16 November 1942. pg. 6.

[10] Magee, Damian. “English Beer and American Football: Exporting American Football as a Cultural Commodity to the British Isles.” Irish Journal of American Studies, vol. 7, 1998, pp. 121–148. JSTOR, JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/30002410.

[11] Foglio, Massimo & Ford, Mark L. (2017) Touchdown in Europe – How American Football Came to the Old Continent. pg. 47-82. Published by the author.

Social Media

[12] Belfast Blitzers | Faacebook (2019) Post 22 August 2019: “ So this is the last of the photos in the archive, it’s of the Yarvard team at Sandy Bay, Larne Harbour on the 21st November 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2260513057393170/2260507127393763/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]

[13] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Post 22 August 2019: “So this is the last of the photos in the archive, it’s of the Yarvard team at Sandy Bay, Larne Harbour on the 21st November 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/rpp.454643317980162/2260507354060407/?type=3&theater[Accessed 23 August 2019]


Images

[14] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Photo 22 August 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2260513057393170/2260507127393763/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Sondra Maher, Rick Kelley & Tim Leadingham.

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European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Championship Spring 1944

ETO Championship Playoffs Winter 1944

DateTeam 1Team 2
Fog Bowl (ETO Semi-Final) US Air Force Title
19.02.1944Photo Lighnting14Ordnance Mustangs0
ETO Semi-Final“SW Town”
27.02.19444th Infantry Blues32US Navy Seabees0
ETO Championship“SW Town”
12.03.19444th Infantry Blues208th Air Force Lightning0
European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Championship Winter 1944 References: [1-5, 11]

Army v Navy Winter 1944

DateTeam 1Team 2
Arab BowlOran, Algeria
Army10Navy7
Northern Ireland ChampionshipLone Star Field, Newry
01.01.1944Navy Galloping Gaels0Army Wolverines0
European Theater of Operations (ETO) Army v Navy Winter 1944 References: [1-5, 11]

Canada v USA Winter 1944

DateTeam 1Team 2
Tea BowlWhite City Stadium
13.02.1944Canadian Mustangs16US Pirates6
Coffee BowlWhite City Stadium
19.03.1944US Blues18Canadian Mustangs0
European Theater of Operations (ETO) Canada v USA Winter 1944 References: [1-5, 11]

Blues v Invaders Winter 1944

DateTeam 1Team 2
BowlEastville Stadium, Bristol
06.02.19444th Infantry Blues28Invaders7
Bowl“SW Town”
26.03.19444th Infantry Blues27Invaders0
European Theater of Operations (ETO) Blues v Invaders Winter 1944 References: [1-5, 11]

Report

In 1944 Army & Navy (not the US Colleges, but Army & Navy Personnel stationed in Europe), played a 0-0 Tie in Newry, dubbed the Northern Ireland Championship. Navy were nicknamed the Galloping Gaels for the day. An interesting footnote to this era is the very first American Football game played in Africa, the Arab Bowl, played in Oran, Algeria, which Army won 10-7 over Navy.

There were also “Turkey Bowl” style games played between Canada and USA (finishing one game apiece), and the 4th Infantry Blues versus the Invaders, with the Blues winning both games.

The highlight, however, was the European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Championship. After a series of Qualification games, 8th Air Force Lightning and 4th Infantry Blues met in the Final, which was won by the Blues 20-0.

References

Websites

[1] Irish American Football Association (2016) Journey to Thirty [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/journeyto-thirty/ [Accessed 08 August 2016]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2016) History of US Teams playing in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/history-of-us-teams-playing-in-ireland/ [Accessed 22 November 2016]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2016) History [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/history.htm [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[4] Lucky Show (2016) American Football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Shamrock%20Bowl.htm [Accessed 5 June 2017]

[5] Dublin Town – Article by Gerry Farrell (2016) College Football Classic Ireland’s Relationship with American Football [Internet] Available from: http://www.dublintown.ie/irelands-relationship-with-american-football/ [Accessed 7 May 2018]

Bibliography

[6] Foglio, Massimo & Ford, Mark L. (2017) Touchdown in Europe – How American Football Came to the Old Continent. pg. 47-82. Published by the author.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Todd Zboyan & Tim Leadingham.

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Four Nations American Football International Friendly – Great Britain Lions 22 Ireland Fighting Irish 0 – 17 March 1995

17 March 1995 – Saffron Lane, Leicester, England.

Great Britain Lions 22 Ireland Fighting Irish 0

The Ireland Fighting Irish, playing in their first Full International went down 22-0 to the Great Britain Lions,  who scored on two passing plays to Mark Cohen & Joe Greenidge before sacking the Irish QB for a Safety.

The GB Lions added a run from Nigel Flemming to make it 22-0 at the end.

The 1995 Irish squad was chosen after trials in November 1995. Tragically, Irish CoachDave Curran, died only hours after the trials in Belfast and Dublin. Coach Curran had been Offensive Co-Ordinator for the Ireland team, and had previously been a coach for 25 years in America, and had been Head Coach of both the Dublin Celts and Dublin Tornadoes, both multiple Shamrock Bowl winners.

This was the first International Match without Coach Curran, and took place in Leicester, on St. Patrick’s Day, 17 March 1995.

At Saffron Lane, Leicester, EnglandQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Irish Leprechauns    0
Great Britain Bulldogs    22
Great Britain Bulldogs 22 Ireland Fighting Irish 0 Box-Score 18 March 1995 Reference: [2]
TeamScorersScore
GBMark Cohen 28 yd TD Rec from Ian Ure (XP no good)0-6
GB Joe Greenidge 4yd TD Rec from ?? (Kevin Hurst XP Kick)0-13
GBSafety – Dave Samuel sacked Irish QB in endzone0-15
GB Nigel Flemming 9yd TD Run (Rex Harrisson XP Kick)0-22
Irish-Leprechauns-0-GB-Lions-22-1995-David-Sweetman

GB Lions 22 Ireland 0 (Photo courtesy David Sweetman)[3]

Ireland Roster 1995

PlayerPositionTeam
Offense
Patrick CullenQuarterbackCraigavon Cowboys
Brian SuttonQuarterbackDublin Tornadoes
Eddie GogginsQuarterbackBath Gladiators (Eng)
Phil McGowanRunning BackDublin Tornadoes
Mark BanksRunning BackCarrickfergus Knights
G WoodsRunning BackRockingham Rebels (Eng)
Liam McManusRunning BackRockingham Rebels (Eng)
Micky ColemanRunning BackRockingham Rebels (Eng)
G GrahamTight EndCarrickfergus Knights
Padraig ReddingtonTight EndDublin Tornadoes
Mark HaffertyWide ReceiverBelfast Spartans
Mark RutherfordWide ReceiverDublin Tornadoes
Leigh KellyWide ReceiverLondon Rockets (Eng)
Brian DennehyWide ReceiverDublin Tornadoes
Neil CallahanOffensive LineCraigavon Cowboys
Phil WoodyardOffensive LineDublin Tornadoes
Denis SoroghanOffensive LineDublin Tornadoes
Alan O’BrienOffensive LineDublin Tornadoes
Brian McEvillyOffensive LineDublin Celts
Richard EarlOffensive LineRedbridge Fire (Eng)
Eamonn DunleavyOffensive LineLondon Rockets (Eng)
Gerry McManusOffensive LineBirmingham Bulls (Eng)
Defense 
Terry BeattieDefensive LineBelfast Spartans
John JonesDefensive LineDublin Tornadoes
Gareth BoydDefensive LineCardiff University (Wal)
Martin RogersDefensive LineDublin Celts
Tom CreggDefensive LineMilton Keynes Pioneers (Eng)
N McCabeDefensive Line
R McCabeDefensive Line
E QuinlavinDefensive Line
Mark HarrisLinebackerCarrickfergus Knights
Danny O’CallaghanLinebackerDublin Tornadoes
Paul ClarkLinebackerDublin Tornadoes
Robbie WalkerLinebackerCarrickfergus Knights
Kevin DuffyLinebackerSouthern Seminloes (Eng)
Mark ElsdenLinebackerRockingham Rebels (Eng)
David McGrathDefensive BackDublin Tornadoes
Connor LeonardDefensive BackDublin Tornadoes
Andrew MitchellDefensive BackBrighton B-52s (Eng)
Tony HennessyDefensive BackRockingham Rebels (Eng)
Paddy PatersonDefensive BackCraigavon Cowboys
Erin MaxwellDefensive BackCarrickfergus Knights
Mark DevlinDefensive BackLurgan Area Raiders
Ireland National American Football Team Roster 1995 References :[1; 5]

Coaches

Coach / ManagerName
Head CoachKurt Smeby
Assistant CoachStaurt Smith
Assistant CoachMark Gayton
Assistant CoachTom Smith
Assistant CoachEddie Kelly
Assistant CoachBrian Sutton
Assistant CoachFrancis Loughlin
ManagerDoug Platten
ManagerDave Wakefield
Ireland National American Football Team Coaches & Managers 1995 References :[1; 5]

References

Internet Archive

[1] Dublin Tornadoes (1997) History of the Team [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19970618100359/http://fiachra.ucd.ie/~alan/tornado.html [Accessed 20 March 2018]

Websites

[2] Britball Now (2016) 1992-1995 GB Lions [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/gb-lions-historical-index/1992-5-gb-lions.html[Accessed 12 November 2019]

[3] Britball Now (2016) GB Lions 22 Ireland 0 [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/_Media/1995gbvirelanddavidsweefz4_med.jpeg [Accessed 12 November 2019]

Newspapers

[4] Hubbuck, Colin (1994) “Irish Tragedy: Offensive boss Curran dies hours after national trials” First Down. November 5, 1994. pg. 22

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith and Ralph Schmeer of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association, and Sean Douglas, Dublin Rebels.

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Eirball | Irish American Football Archive

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Four Nations American Football International Friendly – Ireland Fighting Irish 45 Northwest GB All-Stars 0 – 26 November 1995

Four Nations International Friendly

26 November 1995 – Ireland 45 Northwest GB All-Stars 0

On 26th of November 1995, the Ireland International team made history, winning for the first time ever against a British side, the Northwest Great Britain All-Stars. In terrible weather, which affected the turnout at the gate, Philip McCowen (3 TDs), Eddie Goggins (1 TD), David Grandmaision (2 TDs), Mitchell (1 TD) and Alan Byrne (1 TD) were the Touchdown scorers). I all Ireland scored 45 points and 8 touchdowns without reply.

AtQ1Q2Q3Q4 Total
Ireland45
North West GB All-Stars0
Four Nations International Friendly Box-Score 26 November 1995 [Ref: 1]
TeamScorerScore
IRLPhilip McGowen TD
IRLPhilip McGowen TD
IRLPhilip McGowen TD
IRLEddie Goggins TD
IRLDavid Grandmaison TD
IRLDavid Grandmaison TD
IRLMitchell TD
IRLAlan Byrne TD
Four Nations International Friendly Scorers 26 November 1995 [Ref: 1]

Ireland Roster 1995

PlayerPositionTeam
 Offense / Defense 
David GrandmaisonWide Receiver / Free Safety / Strong Safety
MitchellWide Receiver / Cornerback
Offense
Patrick CullenQuarterbackCraigavon Cowboys
Eddie GogginsQuarterback
Padraig ReddingtonTight EndDublin Tornadoes
Phil McGowanFullbackDublin Tornadoes
Alan ByrneFullbackDublin Tornadoes
Brian DennehyHalfbackDublin Tornadoes
Denis SoroghanCenterDublin Tornadoes
Alan O’BrienRight Guard / Full BackDublin Tornadoes
Defense 
Danny O’CallaghanOutside LinebackerDublin Tornadoes
CornerbackDave McGrathDublin Tornadoes
References :[1; 5]

Websites

[1] Britball Now (2009) History of the game in Ireland |  [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 25 October 2016]

[2] Britball Now (2009) British and Irish Friendly results against foreign opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[3] British Collegiate American Football League (2001) GB Bulldogs History [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20010710011259/http://bcafl.org/cgi-bcafl/showdoc.pl?section=/bulldogs&article=1 [Accessed 27 March 2018]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2006) Team Ireland 8 Coventry Cassidy Jets 35 [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20071117035949/http://www.dublindragons.com/e107/news.php?extend.20 [Accessed 31 October 2017]

[5] Dublin Tornadoes (1997) History of the Team [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19970618100359/http://fiachra.ucd.ie/~alan/tornado.html [Accessed 20 March 2018]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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William Wagner Trophy – Tallaght Outlaws 0 Claremont-McKenna Stags 67 – 19 May 2007

Willliam Wagner Trophy Poster [Ref: 2]

Irish American Football Association / Global Football

William Wagner Trophy 2007

19 May 2007 – Postal Club Tallaght – Tallaght Outlaws 0 Claremont-McKenna (CMC) Stags 67

The Tallaght Outlaws were the first Irish Club to play a National Collegiate American Football Association Division III College, when they hosted the third Global Football match in Ireland, after two involving Team Ireland in 2004 and 2005. The Stags, from Claremont, 30 miles East of Los Angeles in the Pomona Valley, in the Foothills of San Gabriel Mountains, had played the Great Britain Bulldogs the previous year in California, and as expected were comfortable winners, although the Outlaws put up a batter-than-expected match to them.

The Stags were led by quarterback Aaron Gonzales on Offense, and scored a number of spectacular touchdowns, with Mike Hirokawa and D.J. Lillard scoring numerous touchdowns, and an 80-yard return by Ryan Larson. On defense, standouts were cornerback Dan Picciotto and defensive lineman Kevin Byram.

The Outlaws, however, put in a number of good individual performances. Dan Breslin got an interception, and put in the biggest hit of the day on his way to winning the MVP Award. James Hugges, Barry Bolton and Paul O’Toole all had good games for the Tallaght side. The biggest compliment of the day came from some of the Stags staff, who said the Outlaws performance was on a par with the Great Britain Bulldogs performance the previous Autumn in California. [Ref: 1-2]

The game was named in honour of William Wagner, a Stags player who had passed away a few months previously. Notable about the College is that Bono visited in October 2007. [Ref: 5]

At Tallaght Postal ClubQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Calremont-McKenna Stags67
Tallaght Outlaws00000
William Wagner Trophy Box-Score 2007 [Ref: 1]
TeamScorersScore
CMCMike Hirokawa
CMCD.J. Lillard
CMCRyan Larson, 80-yard Int Return
MVP
TALDan Bresiln
William Wagner Trophy Scorers 2007 [Ref: 1]
Tallaght Outlaws (teal-grey) offense lines up against the Claremont-McKenna Stags (red-white) defense [Ref: 3]

CMS Stags Roster 2007

NumberNamePosition
1Mike HirokawaWide Receiver
2Dan PicciottoDefensive Back
3Nick MarineauWide Receiver
4Aaron GonzalesQuarteback
5Drew RymerWide Reciver
6Bryan DownsKicker / Punter
7Spencer ClarkRunning Back
8Bobback TehraniWide Receiver
9D.J. LillardRunning Back
11Mark GardinerRunning Back
12Ben BergsmaQuarterback
13Nick MarineauWide Receiver
14Mike McNeeceQuarterback
15Brock OlsonDefensive Back
16Dan JacobsonRunning Back
17Mike GomezDefensive Line
18Tonee SuetsuguWide Receiver
19David PezzolaWide Receiver
20Stuart FelknerLinebacker
21David SpillerDefensive Back
23Lance RutlegdeRunning Back
24Victor GonzalezDefensive Back
25Dane RymerDefensive Back
26Charlie SarosyDefensive Back
27Andy SinclairLinebacker
28Zack MalloveKicker / Defensive Back
29David KalinLinebacker
30Drew ScrantonDefensive Line
31Patrick AtwaterLinebacker
34Andrew BarrRunning Back
36Landon PatocDefensive Back
37Kevin WalkowDefensive Line
39Ryan LulowRunning Back
40Greg KeeleLinebacker
42Dan AdomianDefensive Back
45Dan CurtisLinebacker
48Ryan HutchisonLinebacker
50Jason YuDefensive Line
55Austin NietoOffensive Line
56Andrew AppapallaiOffensive Line
58John LakeLinebacker
60Kevin ByramDefensive Line
61Chris HasbrouckOffensive Line
63Andre SeritaOffensive Line
65James LotkaOffensive Line
66Max HodgeOffensive Line
70Jordan NottkeOffensive Line
73Mike TakkinenOffensive Line
77William WagnerOffensive Line
78Jeff ManaseroOffensive Line
81Andrew DoyleWide Receiver
82Kyle AkinWide Reciver
85David ReitzTight End
86Brian SchulkinDefensive Line
89Duncan MaysharkDefensive Line
99Greg HallDefensive Line
Claremont-McKenna (CMS) Stags Roster 2006 (2006-07) [Ref: 4]

References

Websites

[1] Irish American Football Association (2007) Outlaws play U.S. College team [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20070930042409/http://www.iafl.info/ [Accessed 15 May 2020]

[4] CMS Athletics | Wayback Machine (2007) CMS Stags Football Roster 2006 (2006-07) [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20070318232813/http://cms.claremont.edu/varsitysports/footballm/roster-profiles.htm [Accessed 15 May 2020]

[5] Claremont-McKenna College | Wayback Machine (2007) Headlines [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20071026015150/http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/ [Accessed 15 May 2020]

Images

[2] Irish American Football Association (2007) Outlaws play U.S. College team: Poster [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20071120020606im_/http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/outlawsstags.jpg [Accessed 15 May 2020]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2007) Outlaws play U.S. College team: “Outlaws offense lines up” [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20071120020606im_/http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/cmstall4.jpg [Accessed 15 May 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Tim Leadingham (Tallaght Outlaws)

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